Pineapple Pistachio Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

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“The flow is a thing of beauty,
I’m bringing it as my nudey
You drinking it like a smoothie,
they spinning it like a sufi”
-Talib Kweli

The husband and I have been struggling with chronic dehydration lately. Headaches, dizzy spells, “foggy brain,” fatigue, and a general sense of “not feeling right” suddenly took a hold of us and we weren’t really sure what to do about it. Luckily, it was happening to the both of us at the same time, so it helped rule out my tendency to jump to terrifying hypochondriac thoughts.

We’re both fond of caffeinated beverages, and while we don’t drink as much as the average folk, it’s still dehydrating. So we decided to take a little break from all stimulants. Taken from an Ayurvedic recipe book, the description for this smoothie read, “Try this as a pick-me-up the next time you’re tempted by a caffeinated drink.” That’s what I’m talking about.

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It’s really hard to give up coffee and energy drinks, and I’m definitely not saying everyone should. What these somewhat subtle symptoms remind us to do, is to pay attention to our bodies. “What is my body trying to tell me?” Funny as it may sound, our bodies are in constant communication with us. It’ll warn us when something isn’t quite right and it’s up to us to listen. Trouble is, we often don’t wanna hear what it’s trying to say.

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So, next time your craving your 4th cup of coffee for the day try asking yourself – “Do I really want this?” “Or am I just bored?” Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep the night before? Maybe you’re nervous? Maybe it’s just a habit… These feelings are often the driving forces for me and while taking a moment to recognize them doesn’t always keep me from drinking that 2nd or 3rd energy boosting beverage, it keeps me a little more attuned to my body, feelings, and true intentions.

Pineapple Pistachio Bliss
from The Tastes of Ayurveda by Amrita Sondhi

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped pineapple
1 cup water
1/4 cup pistachios
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Process:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Serves 1

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